This chapter outlines the geography of Australia and the demographics of its population and thus the context in which any consideration of mentally healthy workplaces occurs.
The authors then give consideration to what may constitute a mentally healthy workplace in the Australian setting and Australian efforts to develop frameworks to help guide employers wishing to create more mentally healthy workplaces. Whilst many of challenges are common to those experienced by workers in other jurisdictions, those specific to working life in Australia are highlighted.
The growing recognition of importance of workplace mental health in Australia is explored, and the work of key organisations involved in workplace mental health initiatives is illustrated.
More detailed description is given to one example of how an Australian industry has begun to tackle workplace mental health in which the authors are actively involved as clinicians and academics, namely, the mental health of health professionals.
The research and references quoted in this chapter are almost exclusively those derived in the Australian setting.
Workplace mental health Australia Prevention Resources Medical practitioners
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Defence Force
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Medical Students Association
New South Wales
Australian mainland territories:
Australian Capital Territory
Facilitated support group for medical professionals with substance use disorders—part of Victorian Doctors’ Health Program
Employee assistance program
Medical Board of Australia—the regulatory body for medical registration in Australia
Mental Health First Aid
Nurses and Midwives Health Programs
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Return to work
Victorian Doctors Health Program
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